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KidRated’s The O2 Top Tips:


  • You can visit inside AND outside with ‘Up at The O2‘ to see London from a unique perspective
  • Visit cinemas, restaurants and even go bowling 
  • Shop a selection of fashion and lifestyle brands (like adidas, Nike, Ted Baker, Cath Kidston, Hackett, Scotch and Soda, Levi’s, Clarks, ASICS, Jack Wills and Gap) for up to 70% off high street prices.


Great Venue for Older Kids and Teens



Arguably the most popular indoor arena in the UK, it is located in south-east London and incredibly easy to get to by tube (and by Thames Clipper boat!). It was originally the Millennium Dome, an exhibition celebrating the turn of the third millennium, but was reopened in June 2007 and is now The O2 Arena. It is the second-largest arena in Europe, after the Manchester Arena, but is the busiest in the world.


Most people know it as a live music venue but you can easily spend a day there as it also has a Cineworld cinema, an exhibition space, a bowling alley called Brooklyn Bowl, piazzas, bars and restaurants. There are loads of different activities to do, from Indigo at The O2, a live music club for smaller music events or The O2 Bubble, a two-storey bubble-shaped exhibition space.


Throughout the school holidays, there are a host of free visitor benefits at the ICON outlet at The O2 including further discounts, personal styling, hair braiding, kids crafts, mindfulness sessions and a chill out zones.



Up at The O2 involves an expedition across the roof of the building along a 190m long tensile fabric walkway. From the platform, halfway across, visitors can see the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, Historic Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf. Click here for Up at The O2 tickets!


Don’t look down!



Booking Advice:


  • Whatever you’re going to see or do – book in advance. It gets busy
  • O2 customers get special offers on certain events
  • Make the day special by taking a Thames Clipper or the Emirates Cable Car (Air Line)

Special needs:



The O2
Peninsula Square
SE10 0DX

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 8463 2000


How to get there:

Tube: North Greenwich

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Teen Verdict

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated


I’ve only ever been to the O2 for live events but I can see how it would be a good spot to spend the day with some friends. Whenever I’ve been there’s a really good choice of places to eat and I know there’s a cinema there. I’d probably say that it’s only a good spot to hang out if you’re fairly local or specifically want to go and explore the O2. Otherwise, you could just go to your local shopping mall.

Parent Point of View

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Laura Porter

  • There’s usually something going on here in the school holidays and it’s usually free.
  • Every afternoon you can go behind the scenes at Sky Studios and try reading the news.
  • There are lots of restaurants and most are family-friendly.
  • Over 10s will love Up at The O2 when you get to climb over the roof. It’s very safe but you do need to be quite strong to pull yourself along as you climb.

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